Roch Marc Kaboré sworn in as Burkina Faso President
Burkina Faso has a new leader for the first time in nearly 30 years, as President Roch Marc Kaboré took the oath of office Tuesday. Kaboré promised to “preserve, respect, enforce and defend the constitution” in a ceremony broadcast live on radio and TV. Kaboré’s swearing-in comes 14 months after former president Blaise Compaoré was overthrown in a mass uprising, sparked by an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. A transitional government organized the presidential election that Kaboré won last month, with 53 percent of the vote. The vote was originally set for October, but was delayed by a failed coup attempt by members of Burkina Faso’s elite presidential guard. The 58-year-old Kaboré was an ally of Compaoré for a quarter-century before breaking with the former president a few months before his downfall.
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